Five-year Goals and Associated Interim Benchmarks

In January 2017, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina unanimously approved Higher Expectations, a five-year Strategic Plan for the UNC System. The Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals in access, student success, affordability and efficiency, economic impact and community engagement, and institutional excellence and diversity.

Progress on these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff. In that spirit, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has identified these contributions that North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics aspires to make to the UNC Strategic Plan over the next five years.

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Low-income Enrollments

By the 2021 academic year, increase the number of students from Tier 1, Tier 2, and low-income schools in Tier 3 enrolled in NCSSM’s residential and virtual learning programs (online and IVC) by 15% over fall 2016 levels.

From the North Carolina School of Science and Math: By fall 2021, NCSSM will increase the number of students from low income schools enrolled in NCSSM’s virtual and residential programs by 15% over academic year 2016-17. The school will increase the number of partnerships with these schools and school districts; increase course offerings in engineering, computer science, and computational science; and expand course offerings to middle and early high school students.

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Enrollment of Underrepresented Minority Students

By the 2021 academic year, increase the number of URM students enrolled in NCSSM’s residential and virtual learning programs (online and IVC) by 25% over 2016-17 academic year levels.

From the North Carolina School of Science and Math: By fall 2021, the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students will increase by 25 percent over 2016-17 academic year levels. The school will expand targeted recruiting efforts for URM students and hire a new admissions counselor, who will focus on recruiting these students. We will increase summer program opportunities for URM students on NCSSM’s campus and engage minority alumni in recruiting planning and efforts.

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NCSSM Graduates Earning Undergraduate and/or Graduate Degrees in STEM Fields

By the 2022 academic year, 70.7% of all NCSSM graduates will have earned their undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in a STEM, health sciences, or STEM education field.

From the North Carolina School of Science and Math: Recognizing its obligation to energize economic development in North Carolina, NCSSM will increase the proportion of graduates who earn STEM, health sciences, or STEM education degrees to 70 percent. The school will increase opportunities for students to engage in research, mentorships, and internships; will increase computer science and interdisciplinary STEM course offerings; and will expand its STEM career-focused speaker series.

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Partnerships with School Districts in Rural and Low-income Counties

By the 2021 academic year, increase by 20 (with at least 15 being in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties and low-income schools in Tier 3) the number of schools or school systems with which NCSSM has an affiliated, cooperative, or engaged partnership, as defined in NCSSM’s Strategic Plan. This would increase the number of partnerships to 95, with 63 being Tier 1, 2, and low-income Tier 3 schools or LEA’s.

From the North Carolina School of Science and Math: By 2021, NCSSM will increase by 20 the number of schools or school systems with which it has an affiliated, cooperative, or engaged partnership. At least two-thirds of these additional partnerships will be with Tier 1, Tier 2, and low-income Tier 3 schools or LEAs. We will increase course offerings in engineering and computer science; expand interactive videoconference course offerings to middle and early high school students; seek enrollment growth funding to hire additional teachers to support expanded student course enrollments; and use teacher release time to provide professional development and educational content development opportunities.

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Opportunities for Students to Participate in Real-World/Applied Learning through Research, Mentorship, Internship, Entrepreneurial, and Other Learning Opportunities

By the 2021 academic year, NCSSM will increase student participation in research, mentorship, internship, entrepreneurial, and/or other real-world learning opportunities by 20% over the 2016 academic year.

From the North Carolina School of Science and Math: NCSSM will increase participation in research, mentorship, internship, entrepreneurial, and/or other real-world learning opportunities by 20% over the 2016 academic year. The school will ensure that each NCSSM student will engage as a thinker, maker, or doer in an experience that requires the application of knowledge and skills to address challenges in the world beyond the classroom.

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